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Fun Family Events to Enjoy This Summer

Blue skies, warm sun and a gentle breeze can mean only one thing; it’s summertime on the coast. 

The long summer days offer up a whole range of fun activities and days out for families, from gigglesome family theatre and intriguing trails, to adventurous outdoor experiences for curious kids; you’ll be sure to find something for all members of your family to enjoy. 

1. Watch a show at Thorington Theatre 

TTDA - Thorington Theatre - view through woods

Experiencing an outdoor production can be a great way to introduce little ones to live theatre; these loud, bold interactive shows are a world away from hushed auditoriums and allocated seats. The stunning Thorington Theatre can be found deep in the Suffolk countryside, near Southwold and offers an amphitheatre experience with added eco-friendly credentials.

There’s a smorgasbord of family theatre on offer this Summer with a magical adaptation of Hansel & Gretel, the summer pantomime Summertime Cinders and a unique re-telling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, all playing come rain or shine in this atmospheric setting. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and head down to the woods for a wonderful surprise. 

2. Follow the Yarn Bomb Trail in Felixstowe 

Felixstowe Beach Huts - Emily Fae Photography

If you enjoy collecting clues and solving puzzles, head to Felixstowe where local artist Debby Cloud has created 10 unique knitted creations for you to spot around the town. Participants can collect a trail sheet and head off into the town centre and along the seafront to track down Felix the Seagull and his friends who are cunningly hidden here and there.

With names to collect, a big puzzle to be solved and prizes to be won this day out will also take you on a delightful ramble around Felixstowe’s friendly town, ending up at the tourist information beach hut. Afterwards, head to Beach Street and tuck into an array of street food and followed by sweet treats from The Little Ice Cream Company.

3. Summer Fun at Aldeburgh Museum 

TTDA - Aldeburgh Museum - Summer of Fun

There are fun activities for all at the quirky Aldeburgh Museum this Summertime. Join local historian and storyteller of yore, Dave Tonge, aka The Yarnsmith of Norwich, as he regales audiences young and old with entertaining stories inspired by local history. Take shelter from the sun under a colourful medieval style tent and hear about lazy long-limbed lads and poor penniless pedlars! Tickets cost just two pounds and the amount is deductible from your museum entry fee. 

4. Landguard Wildlife Discovery Days  

TTDA - Landguard - Girl on beach

Landguard Peninsula in Felixstowe is a treasure trove of wildlife for anyone interested in nature. The Wildlife Discovery days hosted by Landguard Nature Reserve give visitors the opportunity to get up close to discover Landguard’s wildlife as well as go on a guided nature walk with a knowledgeable ranger, explore touch tables and do some nature themed arts and crafts. Go on a scavenger hunt and see what treasures you can uncover, all of this for free, just turn up and take part. 

5. FolkEast 

TTDA - FolkEast - Mum and daughter

For the eighth year in a row, stately Glemham Hall plays host to FolkEast Festival. With heaps of space to run around, a Covid secure one way system and all the festival regulars, this is certainly an excellent event for families to enjoy.

Take in the live music and vibrant atmosphere and enjoy activities for youngsters, including workshops, arts and crafts and interactive activities. There’s hassle free camping if you want to stay and enjoy the whole weekend, or spend a day at the Festival followed by a day exploring the stunning Suffolk countryside with a day pass.

6. Framlingham Country Show 

TTDA - Framlingham Castle - Gill Moon Photography

There’s something for everybody at Framlingham Country Show with animals and livestock to see and meet, as well as music, stalls, arts and crafts and family friendly activities to have a go at.

Youngsters can enjoy Punch and Judy, magic shows, a petting zoo and much, much more besides. Rumbling tummies will be satisfied by the many food and drink stalls at the festival of food, with new flavours to try and old favourites to buy. The main ring is jam-packed with things to see, from daring displays to competitions and informative talks, you’ll never be short of something to see or do. 

7. Olympic Brick Trail at Felixstowe Museum 

TTDA - Felixstowe Museum - Brick Trail

To celebrate Tokyo 2020, Felixstowe Museum are hosting the fantastic Olympic Brick Trail. Follow the trail around the museum, taking in the exhibits showcasing Felixstowe’s rich history and take note of every carefully constructed brick athlete, adding them to your trail sheet. Find them all and collect a yummy reward! No need to book, just turn up on Sundays and Wednesdays and purchase a trail card for just one pound. 

8. Maverick Festival 

TTDA - Maverick Festival - Crowd

Make your way to Easton Farm Park for a family friendly celebration of Americana Roots Music at the Maverick Festival. With 6 stages, indoor and out and over 40 artists from around the UK, USA and Canada you’ll soon find yourself immersed in the spirit of blues, indie, country and bluegrass. There’s plenty to keep youngsters busy and entertained too, with films, workshops and activities, as well as lots of space to run around and play.

Stay for the whole weekend, camping out under the stars or in one of the bell tents or teepees available for hire. Dogs are welcome too, so bring your four-legged friend along to join in the fun. 




Things to see and do

Kingfishers at Cretingham Country Park

Kingfishers at Cretingham Country Park

Kingfishers is the perfect place to relax and unwind as well as getting you into peak shape!  

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Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles

Beccles Lido is OPEN for swimming by advance booking only!

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Wheelchair Accessible

National Trust Orford Ness

National Trust Orford Ness

Wild, remote and exposed, Orford Ness contains the ruined remnants of a disturbing past. Ranked among the most important shingle features in the world, rare and fragile wildlife thrives where weapons, including atomic bombs, were once tested and perfected.

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Thorington Theatre

Thorington Theatre

A new sustainably built outdoor theatre in beautiful Suffolk woodland near to Halesworth and Southwold.

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The Long Shop Museum

The Long Shop Museum

Leiston

Based in the original Richard Garrett and Sons Town Works, The Long Shop museum tells an inspiring story of enterprise and innovation. Explore the buildings and the collections and reveal remarkable stories of the Garrett family and the local Suffolk folk that made the factory and its products world famous! 

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East Anglia Transport Museum

East Anglia Transport Museum

Lowestoft

The only museum in East Anglia where you can ride on working trams, trolley buses and narrow gauge railway!

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Bawdsey Radar

Bawdsey Radar

Bawdsey Radar tells the story of the first operational radar station in the world where radar was developed that helped win the Battle of Britain.

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Waveney River Tours

Waveney River Tours

Lowestoft

Conducted river tours and boat hire through the Waveney Valley and the New Broads National Park.

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Deben Cruises

Deben Cruises

Enjoy a two-hour river cruise along the River Deben.

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Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold

Unlike a larger town, there aren’t any major roads in Southwold, meaning it’s a far safer environment for anyone on two wheels. Plus it only takes a few minutes pedalling in any direction before you are taking in scenic views, whether it’s a breathtaking coastal panorama or Suffolk’s rural landscape.

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The Red House, Aldeburgh 

The Red House, Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh

Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. He wrote a vast amount of incredible music and wanted everyone to enjoy it – professional and amateur musicians, music enthusiasts, children and families.

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National Trust Dunwich Heath

National Trust Dunwich Heath

Dunwich Heath and Beach is a precious landscape on the Suffolk coast where you can experience a true sense of being at one with nature. 

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RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. 

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Pakefield Riding School 

Pakefield Riding School

One of the oldest and best-known horse riding centres and stables in East Anglia.

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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

The restored Felixstowe Seafront Gardens sit on cliffs between the town centre and beach.

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Suffolk Museums

Suffolk Museums

There are more than 50 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. If you want to know more about the past and how it has affected the present, just come and take a closer look.

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FolkEast 

FolkEast

Woodbridge

"In the venerable parkland of Glemham Hall estate,  this weekend has become one of the folk scene’s most highly rated destinations" - i newspaper

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My Southwold 

My Southwold

Everyone loves Southwold with its beautiful sand and shingle beach, pier full of surprises and brightly coloured beach huts, it is a quintessentially British seaside town.

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High Lodge Leisure

High Lodge Leisure

If you are looking for a place to try out a diverse range of activities then look no further than High Lodge which is home to an array of first-class sporting activities. Suitable for individuals, groups or businesses for corporate activities.

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Bugs Play Cafe

Bugs Play Cafe

Bugs Play Cafe boasts an indoor and outdoor play area and café. With indoor play frame, ball pit, new outdoor play area & sandpit.

The cafe serves a range of coffee, teas, cakes, lunches and snacks all freshly prepared. 

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Wonderful Beast Theatre Company

Wonderful Beast Theatre Company

Wonderful Beast is the touring theatre company of myths, legends, folk tales and stories for all ages.

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The Suffolk Punch Trust

The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge

The Suffolk Punch Trust is an educational and environmental charity dedicated to breeding and preserving the Suffolk Punch horse. 

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Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

Check the website for times of Milling Demonstrations and Wheel-Turnings. The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years.

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Easton Farm Park 

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Fun family day out on the farm. Home to plenty of farm animals, including a new contingent of ducklings, lambs, foals, chicks, piglets and calves every spring, Easton Farm Park never ceases to be a popular day out for families and school trips.

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Felixstowe Museum

Felixstowe Museum

Explore the fascinating artefacts and collections of Felixstowe Museum, which brings alive the military and social history of this seaside town.

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Maverick Festival 

Maverick Festival

Maverick is the UK's first and finest Americana music festival, set among the restored Victorian buildings of Easton Farm Park nestled deep in the idyllic Suffolk countryside yet less than two hours from London.

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Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. 

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Oulton Broad Dayboats

Oulton Broad Dayboats

Self drive boat hire by the hour or day, spend time afloat in the newly created Broads National park here in Suffolk. 

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Excelsior

Excelsior

Come and sail onboard one of Suffolk's historic sailing vessels! Excelsior LT472 is one of the few remaining Lowestoft sailing trawlers, built in 1921 and restored to her original specification on deck. And you can take a hand at sailing her!

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Sailing Barge Victor 

Sailing Barge Victor

Sailing Barge Victor is a perfect marriage of a majestic and traditionally rigged 19th century sailing vessel with comfortable, modern facilities for guests.

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Beaches

Beaches

Whether you’re in search of a great family day out, a birdwatching haven, or trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast will provide you with a memorable day out whatever the time of year.

In the winter, Suffolk's beaches take on a whole new persona; with windswept dunes, crashing waves, and bracing winds, they are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, stroll hand in hand with your loved one, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.

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Orwell Lady River Cruises

Orwell Lady River Cruises

Ipswich

From April to October each year, Orwell Lady cruises up and down the beautiful and historic River Orwell, offering passengers a choice of trips and experiences whilst taking in the beautiful wooded stretches of the river, local wildlife and points of local and historical interest.

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Ufford Park Golf Club

Ufford Park Golf Club

The complete golfing experience; an award-winning 18 hole, par 71 golf course - perfect for all playing abilities.

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Suffolk Escape Room

Suffolk Escape Room

Suffolk Escape Room is situated in the unique location of  original war time Nissen Huts on the edge of an American style Trailer Park.

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Beach Street Felixstowe 

Beach Street Felixstowe

EAT. DRINK. SHOP! A unique and vibrant destination on the seafront of upcycled shipping containers. Discover independent boutiques, artisan producers and street-food eateries...

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

This hauntingly beautiful 255 acre estate, with far-reaching views over the River Deben is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.

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Mannings Amusements

Mannings Amusements

Mannings Amusements have been providing traditional family fun on Felixstowe Seafront since 1946!

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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Southwold Railway Steamworks

Southwold Railway Steamworks

This one-acre site is dedicated to the 3-foot gauge Southwold Railway that connected Southwold to Halesworth from 1879 to 1929.The Southwold Railway Trust are dedicated to preserving the memory of this special little railway and re-opening as much of the old route as they can. 

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Hippersons Boatyard 

Hippersons Boatyard

Some of the best ways to see and experience the river! Day boats, canoes, kayaks, Stand up Paddleboards (SUPs) and a pedal boat unique to the Norfolk Broads, are all available to hire on the southern reach of the Norfolk Broads in Beccles, with day hire from 9.15am till 4.45pm, costing £110 for the day on an electric boat or £55 a day on the canoe or double kayak. We also offer guided canoe and kayak tours with our guides, and SUP lessons with our qualified instructor. 

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